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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English hound, from Old English hund, from Proto-Germanic *hundaz (confer West Frisian hûn, Dutch hond, Luxembourgish Hond, German Hund, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian hund), from pre-Germanic *ḱuntós (compare Latvian sùnt-ene (big dog)), enlargement of Proto-Indo-European *ḱwṓ (dog) (compare Welsh cwn (dogs), Tocharian AB ku, Lithuanian šuõ, Portuguese cão, Armenian շուն (šun)).


hound (plural hounds)

  1. A dog, particularly a breed with a good sense of smell developed for hunting other animals.
  2. Any canine animal.
  3. (by extension) Someone who seeks something.
  4. (by extension) A male who constantly seeks the company of desirable women.
    • 1915, Norman Duncan, "A Certain Recipient", in Harper's, volume 122, number 787, December 1915, republished in Harper's Monthly Magazine, volume 122, December 1915 to May 1916, page 108,
      "Are you alone, Goodson? [] I thought, perhaps, that the [] young woman, Goodson, who supplanted Mary?" []
      "She had a good many successors, John."
      "You are such a hound, in that respect, Goodson," said Claywell, "and you have always been such a hound, that it astounds me to find you—unaccompanied."
  5. A despicable person.
    • Shakespeare
      Boy! false hound!
    • Elizabeth Walter, Come and Get Me
      'You blackmailing hound,' the parrot said distinctly, in what Hodges recognized as General Derby's voice. Anstruther turned pale.
  6. A houndfish.
Usage notesEdit
  • In more recent times, hound has been replaced by Modern English dog but the sense remains the same.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English hounden, from the noun (see above).


hound (third-person singular simple present hounds, present participle hounding, simple past and past participle hounded)

  1. (transitive) To persistently harass.
    He hounded me for weeks, but I was simply unable to pay back his loan.

Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English hownde, hount, houn, probably from Old Norse húnn, from Proto-Germanic *hūnaz.


hound (plural hounds)

  1. (nautical, in the plural) Projections at the masthead, serving as a support for the trestletrees and top to rest on.
  2. A side bar used to strengthen portions of the running gear of a vehicle.